Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Andy Stanley on his Philosophy of Preaching

Ed Stetzer is running a series of posts that I believe will be must read content for any pastor wanting to increase their competency in preparing sermons.  Below is just a snippet from Ed's post today, go to his website to check it all out!

Andy's Philosophy of Preaching

Question: What is your philosophy of communication/preaching?

Andy: Preaching on Sunday mornings is such a simple thing and by complicating it, I think we all do ourselves and the audience a disservice. It is very simple. Here is the model: Make people feel like they need an answer to a question. Then take them to God's Word to answer the question. And tell them why it is important to do what we just talked about. And then you close by saying, "Wouldn't it be great if everybody did that?" And that's it. It is a journey. You take people from somewhere to somewhere.

And that's why preaching by points is a terrible model. Because points are not a journey. Points are points. But communication is: Here we all are. We all have a common need or desire. We all have something in common, and I am going to stay here until I make you feel the need to have it resolved. And then I am going to open God's Word and resolve it. And I am going to take that and tell you what you need to do specifically. And then I am going to take a minute and talk about what the world would be like, how much better off we would all be, if we would all do what the Scriptures say. It is really that simple.

No comments: